It has not been easy, but the West Virginia University Basketball Team can get back over .500 with a win over TCU this Saturday. This will also be the second time in a week that the Mountaineers have traveled to the state of Texas.
West Virginia (11-11, 4-5) is currently on a two-game winning streak, searching for their third win in a row. They defeated Texas Tech in Lubbock last Saturday and also beat the Texas Longhorns in Morgantown on Big Monday.
For TCU (10-12, 1-8), they may have had the biggest win in their program's history on Wednesday. In their first ever Big 12 win, the beat the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks in Fort Worth at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Even with the huge win for the Horned Frogs, they still struggle scoring the basketball. They are only scoring 54.5 points per game, 345th nationally and last in the Big 12. They are also last in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 32.5 per game.
However, they have been very good on the defensive end of the court, giving up just 58.4 points per game to opponents (21st nationally).
Kyan Anderson, who scored 19 against the Mountaineers in the first meeting this season, is the leading scorer for TCU (11 points per game). Garlon Green is the only other player averaging double-figures for the Horned Frogs. He is also their best 3-point shooter with a 42% average from beyond the arc. Their leading rebounder, Adrick McKinney, is averaging 7.0 boards per game.
The Mountaineers are averaging 66.8 points per game. At this point in the season, WVU does not have a single player averaging double-digits in scoring. Juwan Staten (9.6) and Aaric Murray (9.7) are the closest and are alsonthe leading scorers on the team. Murray is the leading rebounder with 6.6 per game.
In the first meeting between these two teams in Morgantown back in January, WVU dominated most of the game on their way to a 21-point victory over TCU, 71-50. This was the first ever meeting between the two schools, so the Mountaineers hold a 1-0 advantage over the Horned Frogs.
The game will be Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET and will be aired on the Big 12 Network as well as ESPN3.